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Jessie the chicken plucker

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by fredball, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Jess was a chicken plucker. That's right.

    He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days
    Pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us
    Wouldn't have to.
    It wasn't much of a job. But at the time,
    Jesse didn't think he was much of a person.
    His father was a brute of a man.
    His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill
    And treated Jesse rough all of his life.

    Jesse's older brother wasn't much better.
    He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up.
    He grew up in a very rough home in
    West Virginia. Life was anything but easy.
    And he thought life didn't hold much hope for him.
    That's why he was standing in this chicken line,
    Doing a job that darn few people wanted.

    In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems
    That Jesse was always sick. Sometimes it was real
    physical illness, but way too often it was all in his head.
    He was a small child, skinny and meek.
    That sure didn't help the situation any.

    When he started to school, he was the object
    of everyBully on the playground.
    He was a hypochondriac of the first order.
    For Jesse, tomorrow was not always something
    heLooked forward to.

    But, he had dreams. He wanted to be a ventriloquist.
    He found books on ventriloquism. He practiced with
    Sock puppets and saved his hard earned dollars until
    He could get a real ventriloquist dummy.

    When he got old enough, he joined the military.
    And even though many of his hypochondriac symptoms
    Persisted, the military did recognize his talents and
    Put him in the entertainment corp.
    That was when his world changed.
    He gained confidence.
    He found that he had a talent for making people laugh,
    And laugh so hard they often had tears in their eyes.
    Yes, little Jesse had found himself.

    You know, folks, the history books are full of people
    Who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success
    Of themselves, but Jesse is one of the few I know of
    Who didn't overcome it. Instead he used his paranoia
    To make a million dollars, and become one of
    The best-loved characters of all time in doing it!

    Yes, that little paranoid hypochondriac, who transferred
    His nervousness into a successful career, still holds the
    Record for the most Emmy's given in a single category.

    The wonderful, gifted, talented, and nervous comedian
    Who brought us Barney Fife
    Jesse Don Knotts.

    There is a street named for him and his statue in
    Morgantown, West Virginia, his place of birth.

    Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006)
  2. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Great story. When Paul Harvey passed, we lost another John Wayne.